Author Archives: Michael Johnston

Lutherans, Muslims, Catholics, and Organs

Organ Donated by Muslims Installed at Former Seminary I couldn’t read the nameplate, but this story shows how some religions, even today, just have no use for musical instruments. Read the story of a failing organ and the replacement provided … Continue reading

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What’s Doing in Odessa (video)

Odessa International Festival of Organ Music — Day 1 The long video below is way to pretend that you made the journey to the Organ Festival in Odessa, Ukraine, this year. Don’t worry if you can’t read the language; you … Continue reading

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“I’m Visiting Here, and I’d Like to Play the Organ, Please”

Visitor from South Africa to Play Organ at Greene Memorial How many of us has done this? “At the end of June, Cummins received a surprise email from Ruan Philippus Rudolph Theron, an engineer for Sasol Synfuels in South Africa. … Continue reading

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Schlueter Returns First Presbyterian’s Organ

Jacksonville Church Celebrates Pipe Organ’s Return Read about the return of this organ to this Jacksonville, Alabama, church. “After a long period of separation, First Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville is welcoming back its newly restored pipe organ. The instrument resided … Continue reading

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Chicago Just Can’t Get Enough Bach

Bach Organ Project: Complete Organ Works in 10 Concerts The question then arises: When was the last time you heard all of these pieces as a concert cycle? Bach organ enthusiasts will be able to do just that in the … Continue reading

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An Organ for the Chapel in the Crypt

Organ Finds New Home in Lewiston In Saco, Maine, there was a pipe organ in the Notre Dame de Lourdes Church. After 50 years, it was moved and installed “in the crypt chapel of the Basilica of Saints Peter and … Continue reading

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Patrick Scott Wins the AGO Improvisation Competition (audio)

Charlotte Organist Wins National Improv Competition It goes without saying that we here in Charlotte are proud of our own Patrick Scott for his first place position in this prestigious competition. Note: The organ in the photo is not in … Continue reading

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Somebody Is Playing Gaul’s First Peer Gynt Suite

“I received an email that featured an organist playing this piece [First Peer Gynt Suite] on a huge concert organ. I do occasionally do concerts at my church, and always am looking for something new that I have not played … Continue reading

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Photos from the Past Can Puzzle the Brain

Way We Were: Organ Music in the 1970s Solving a photo mystery is always fun. Here’s a letter from someone who will shed some light on this one. I write in reference to Memory Lane on The Way We Were … Continue reading

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I Always Love the Music I Get from Your Website

“Thank you so much! The download [of Joy to the World] worked the first time, and I can’t wait for the Christmas season to come so I can play it. I always love the music I get from your website, … Continue reading

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